1st European Buddhist Union Chaplaincy Conference
“BUDDHIST CHAPLAINCY IN EUROPE” Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 Pre-conference workshops Friday, June 23 Location: Sapienza University, Rome and Online


Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25
Pre-conference workshops Friday, June 23

Pre-conference Workshop: Centro Zen L’Arco, Rome and Online
Conference: Sapienza University, Rome and Online

Buddhist chaplaincy is an emerging field in Europe.

Centro Zen L’Arco – together with the EBU Chaplaincy network - is currently organising an exciting programme of speakers, workshops and discussions to foster dialogue amongst dharma practitioners serving in the areas of health, end-of-life-care and prisons.

We want to invite delegates who share the visions of European Buddhist Chaplaincy and who are keen to contribute to its development over the next few years.

Speakers will include dharma teachers, researchers, pioneers, and changemakers from across Europe and the United States.

We will reflect on the unique opportunities and challenges within the European context and explore:

  • the practice of Buddhist spiritual care in different public settings (hospital, hospice, prison)
  • the European approach to Buddhist chaplaincy
  • the training needs and pathways to becoming a Buddhist chaplain
  • the various training models offered in the United States and Asia
  • the new training course for Buddhist chaplains planned by the EBU
  • the insights from chaplains of other denominations

In addition, the conference will provide forums to identify spiritual and pastoral needs within Buddhist communities to encourage broader community cohesion and social integration.

All are warmly welcome, especially Dharma practitioners serving in public settings/ engaged in sangha care and anyone interested in Buddhist contemplative-based spiritual care. Sessions can also be followed live online.

Our deepest wish is to find ways to work together and serve others in the full spirit of dhamma / dharma. We are looking forward to seeing you in Rome this June!


Rev. Joan Halifax Roshi – Abbot of Upaya Zen Center, Hospice Caregiver

Dr. Monica Sanford – Assistant Dean for Multireligious Ministry, Lecturer in Ministry Studies, Harvard University

Ven. Ajahn Khemadhammo (Phra Bhavanaviteht) OBE, Spiritual Director, Angulimala The Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy

Kirsten DeLeo – Meditation Teacher, Buddhist Spiritual Carer, Trainer in Contemplative Care, EBU Chaplaincy Network steering group

Rev. Dario Doshin Girolami – Abbot of Centro Zen L’Arco, Prison Chaplain, EBU Chaplaincy Network Coordinator

Keith Munnings - Meditation Teacher, Hospital Chaplain, EBU Chaplaincy Network steering group

Ron Eichhorn – European Buddhist Union President

F. Baby Ellickal - Catholic Chaplain

Imam Yahya Pallavicini – Imam Yahya Pallavicini – EULEMA (European Council of Muslim Leaders)

Prof. Antonino Raffone – Professor of Neuroscience, Sapienza University

Ven.Dr. Carola Roloff – Buddhist Nun, Professor of Buddhism, University of Hamburg

Filippo Scianna – Italian Buddhist Union President

Rev. Elena Seishin Viviani – Italian Buddhist Union Religious Ministers coordinator

Dr. Gabor Karsai (TBC) - Managing Director of Mind & Life Europe, Rector of Dharma Gate Buddhist College

Catholic Chaplain, Jewish Chaplain (TBC)

Pre-conference Workshop on hospice, prison and hospital chaplaincy with Kirsten DeLeo, Dario Doshin Girolami, Keith Munnings

Conference Program

Sapienza University, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, via dei Marsi 78, Rome and Online on Zoom

Pre-conference Workshop Program

L'Arco Zen Center, Piazza Dante 15, Rome and Online on Zoom

Friday, June 23

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Registration

10:00 – 12:30 Entering jail labyrinth: Prison Chaplaincy - Dario Doshin Girolami

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break

13.30 - 16.00 An exploration of the training needs for Buddhist Chaplaincy - Keith Munnings

16.00 - 16:30 Break

16.30 - 19:00 Accompanying the dying: An exploration of the Buddhist contemplative approach - Kirsten DeLeo

Saturday, June 24

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Institutional greetings and presentation

Ron Eichhorn
Filippo Scianna
Dario Doshin Girolami
Antonino Raffone

9:30 – 11:00 standard talks with Q&A

Dario Doshin Girolami: "Buddha inside: Buddhist meditation in prison."

Kirsten DeLeo: "In the face of death: Buddhist chaplains in end-of-life care"

Keith Munnings: "What qualifies a Buddhist practitioner for chaplaincy?"

11.00 - 11.30 Break

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Panel discussion: "The European Buddhist Union Chaplaincy Network and the new EBU University Course in Buddhist Chaplaincy"

Dario Doshin Girolami
Kirsten DeLeo
Keith Munnings
Gabor Karsai (TBC)

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. lunch

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Keynote speech

Monica Sanford: "Kalyanamitra - a model for Buddhist spiritual care"

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Elena Seishin Viviani: "The Religious Ministers of the Italian Buddhist Union"

4:30 – 5:00 Break

5:00 – 6:30 Keynote speech (online)

Joan Halifax Roshi: "The Practice of Chaplaincy: Sila, Samadhi, Prajna"

18.30 - 19.00 Meditation

Sunday the 25th

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Meditation

9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Keynote speech (online)

Carola Roloff: "Buddhist chaplaincy in Europe from an academic perspective"

11:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Inter-religious panel discussion

Imam Yahya Pallavicini
F. Baby Ellickal
rev. Dario Doshin Girolami
Rabbi (TBC)
Moderator: Stefano Bettera

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. lunch

2:30 – 3:00

Antonino Raffone: "Research on chaplaincy and its benefits"

3:00 - 4:30 Keynote speech (online)

Ajahn Khemadhammo: "The evolution of Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy in the UK"

4:30 – 5:00 Break

5:00 – 6:30 Final panel discussion: "The Future of Buddhist Chaplaincy in Europe"

Dario Doshin Girolami
Kirsten DeLeo
Keith Munnings
Monica Sanford

6:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Closing.

To attend Online on Zoom

- Pre-conference workshop:


- Conference:


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Once the payment is processed, you will receive an email with the link to access the meetings.

In case you have not yet installed the Zoom software, you will be asked to install it (at no cost).

We recommend that you carry out the registration procedures in advance before the meeting.


All talks will be in English with Italian translation.

- For the Pre-Conference Workshops there will be consecutive translation, for both those in the room and those online.

- For the Conference, for those attending Online, there will be an option on Zoom to listen to the audio with simultaneous translation into Italian.

- For those who will attend in-person and need translation into Italian, please bring a smartphone, earphones and updated Zoom app.

A certificate of attendance will be available for the participants.

The event is organized by L'Arco Zen Center, in collaboration with the Department of Psychology at Sapienza University and the EBU Chaplaincy Network

With the financial contribution of the Italian Buddhist Union UBI

With the Patronages of the European Buddhist Union EBU

and of Religions for Peace Europe RfP

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